What are the stages of malignant mesothelioma?
Once a person has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, more tests will have to be done in order to determine whether or not the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. This process is called staging. The stage of the cancer must be determined in order to plan treatment. The following stages are used to describle malignant mesothelioma:
Localized Malignant Mesothelioma
Stage I: The cancer is present in the lining of the chest cavity near the lungs and heart or in the diaphragm of the lung.
Advanced Malignant Mesothelioma
Stage II: The cancer has spread beyond the lining of the chest to the lymph nodes of the chest. Lymph nodes are collections of immune system cells that help the body fight off infections.
Stage III: The cancer has spread through the diaphragm or abdominal lining and into the chest wall, center of the chest, the heart, or nearby lymph nodes.
Stage IV: The cancer has spread to distant organs or tissues.
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